One of my earliest memories of listening to the radio was listening to Casey Casem “counting them down” each week on “American Top 40” on our way to church each Sunday morning. More than once I got in arguments with my parents for not letting me stay in the car in the church parking lot to hear who was “number one” that week. Consequently, to this day I am a radio countdown junkie. My favorite is the “Big 40 Countdown.” It’s hosted by the original MTV veejays and picks a year of the decade of the 80s and counts down the top songs for this week, back then.
This weekend’s countdown was this week in 1987, the summer before my senior year in high school. So many memories, great memories wrapped up in those songs. One in particular made me go, “Oh man, what a song.” “Here I Go Again” from Whitesnake made me crank the volume in my truck to the point the people next to me on the road had to be concerned. All of the sudden, I was 17 again. Okay, I know you want to hear it.
The lead guitarist at that time was a man named, Bernie Marsden. Not only was he in the band, but he co-wrote “Here I Go Again” as well as another Whitesnake hit, “Fool For Your Loving.” Anyway, no sooner had I been jamming to that banger from back in the day than I woke up to the sad news of Bernie Marsden’s passing at age 72.
Whitesnake’s lead singer, David Coverdale confirmed the news on his Twitter/X. “Good Morning…I’ve just woken up to the awful news that my old friend & former Snake Bernie Marsden has passed. My sincere thoughts & prayers to his beloved family, friends & fans. A genuinely funny, gifted man, whom I was honored to know & share a stage with RIP, Bernie XXX”
Sad news. Thanks for the Whitesnake music. Thanks for the memories, Bernie Marsden. Both will keep you alive and with us forever.
Good Morning…I’ve just woken up to the awful news that my old friend & former Snake Bernie Marsden has passed. My sincere thoughts & prayers to his beloved family, friends & fans. A genuinely funny, gifted man, whom I was honored to know & share a stage with— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) August 25, 2023
RIP, Bernie XXX pic.twitter.com/KXwsDEICN6
List of 30 Toys That Defined the '80s
Some ’80s toys started as American Greetings card series, including the Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake, while its competitor Hallmark kept pace with Rainbow Bright. Safety wasn’t necessarily paramount in the ’80s, as a number of these toys resulted in trips to the hospital, but not a decline in popularity. Children of the 1980s, read on to see if any of your favorites made Stacker’s list of 30 toys that defined the decade.